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Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride
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Lynne Elizabeth Suzanne Young
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Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride

Lynne Elizabeth Suzanne Young


New Village Press

The Arts: General & Reference;
Multicultural education;
Teaching of a specific subject;
Politics & government


144 pages

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Citizen artists revitalize place, celebrate culture, and inspire social change This full-color celebration of communities engaged in creative cultural expression profiles nine exemplary grassroots arts projects depicting an intersection of creativity with love of place. Stories range from children applying an African-inspired mud facade on their Oregon middle school to an annual blessing-procession and festival in North Philadelphia that brings to life dozens of the most depressed blocks in urban America. Other regions represented include Minneapolis, Boston, Berkeley, rural Maine, San Francisco, the New York Bronx, and Vancouver, Canada. Community-based arts resources are cited throughout.

Works of Heart offers a compendium of multicultural human-interest stories that will inspire and inform both community development professionals and citizen activists. Among those profiled are Lily Yeh and the Village of Arts and Humanities, Clara Wainwright and the Faith Quilts Project, River of Words Youth Art and Poetry, and the Beehive Design Collective.

By:   Lynne Elizabeth, Suzanne Young
Imprint:   New Village Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 191mm, 
ISBN:   9781613320853
ISBN 10:   161332085X
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nadina LaSpina is a prominent activist in the disability rights movement and has been arrested countless times for civil disobedience. You can find her in the streets with Disabled In Action, ADAPT, the Disability Caucus, and other groups. After teaching Italian for many years, LaSpina created and taught courses in Disability Studies at The New School. She lives in New York City.

From the first vivid chapter set in Sicily to her gutsy activism in the U.S., LaSpinas triumphant memoir of a richly lived life held me rapt. -- Alix Kates Shulman A memoir fueled by passion and grounded in history. Nadina LaSpina's beautifully written narrative reveals a conscientious citizen and an exuberant and vibrant woman. Such a Pretty Girl is ultimately a love story. -- Simi Linton, author of My Body Politic From pity to empowerment, a woman born with polio illuminates her personal changes in attitude and accomplishment amid sweeping societal changes in rights for the disabled. . . . 'I was the luckiest woman in the world,' insists the author in this revelatory and deeply moving memoir that clearly shows how and why she came to feel that way. -- STARRED Kirkus Review A feminist, personal perspective on disability. One of the main themes is the author's developing ability to claim and enjoy her own beauty and sexuality. -- Gillian Kendall, coauthor of How I Became a Human Being

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